West Ham and Charlton dumped out of FA Cup

westham.jpgChris O'Grady's late thunderbolt saw West Ham knocked out of the FA Cup at Sheffield Wednesday.

O'Grady slammed home an 88th minute strike past Hammers keeper Ruud Boffin from 12 yards to give the League One side a deserved victory in the third round tie.

West Ham had 11 minutes of injury time to try and force a replay, prompted by a serious injury to Wednesday defender Julian Bennett, but they never really looked like levelling the tie at Hillsborough yesterday.

It could have been a different story had Sam Baldock converted a second-half penalty, but Wednesday keeper Nicky Weaver saved it. The former Charlton keeper also denied the Irons striker with another fine save, tipping an angled shot onto the post.

With promotion from the Championship his main priority, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce opted to make several changes to the side that beat Coventry last week, but his revamped line-up never really gelled, despite having plenty of possession.

Allardyce added: "We did everything right apart from not finishing our chances and making a basic error that cost us the tie.

"The changes we made weren't the problem. The problem was not finishing the chances we had, the biggest one being the penalty."

charltonbadge.jpgCharlton were also knocked out as they crashed 4-0 at Premier League Fulham.

The Addicks gave a decent account of themselves but the League One leaders fell victim to a Clint Dempsey hat-trick and a deflected Damien Duff strike.

Charlton manager Chris Powell said: "It was harsh on my players and my club, 4-0 didn't really reflect what happened today.

"We are playing a side two steps up, a team that has plenty of international players. We hung in there, we had plenty of belief, but it was harsh to come out of the game 4-0.

"There is plenty we can learn from it but really it's about League One, it's about playing teams at our level, and about us striving for three points in every game remaining in the season now."